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Highroad Trump’s ‘tax holiday:’ Boon or boondoggle? by Jim Hightower


ood news, folks — our new president says he’s planning a “tax holiday” for you! Well... not directly for you. Trump’s trillion-dollar whopper of a tax break will only go to such multinational corporations as Apple, GE, Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft. However, Trump will push for these cuts in your name, insisting that the trickle-down

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effect will be to create thousands of new jobs for America’s hard-hit working stiffs. Here’s the deal: To dodge paying the taxes they owe to our country, many U.S.-based global giants have stashed about $2-trillion worth of their profits in offshore bank accounts. Now, they want to bring this pile of loot home — yet they want to be rewarded for doing so by having the taxes they owe to us slashed. Enter The Donald, who has delighted these scofflaws by offering to tax that offshore income at the low rate of only 10 percent, versus the 30 percent you and I pay for America’s upkeep. “Trust me,” exclaims The Donald. They’ll expand their businesses here and generate jobs for you! I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night. We’ve been suckered with this tax holiday scam before. In 2004, George W. Bush pulled it on us — and instead of creating jobs, the corporate

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tax-dodgers actually eliminated thousands more of our jobs! Why’d that happen? Because they put their “repatriated” profits not into expanding business, but (1) buying back their corporations’ stock, which jacks up the payout to top executives and the richest shareholders, and (2) shrinking the number of businesses by buying up competitors and firing duplicate workforces. The way to know whether or not Trump’s tax holiday will benefit workers is to see if it requires that corporations actually create the thousands of good jobs promised — before they get any tax break. Anything less is just another swindle. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. January 12, 2017 5

the anderson files Trump, Israel and the Palestinians by Dave Anderson


n Dec. 23, the United been historic.” Nations Security Council Donald Trump promises a sharp (UNSC) adopted turn to the right. He has nominated his Resolution 2334, which personal bankruptcy lawyer, David declared that Israeli setFriedman, as U.S. ambassador to Israel. tlements in the West Bank and East Haaretz, an influential Israeli newspaJerusalem are in “flagrant violation” of per, expressed alarm over the appointinternational law and demanded that all ment, saying, “Based on statements he settlement activities “immediately and has issued and columns he has penned, completely cease.” The resolution notes Friedman is positioned on the far right they pose “a major obstacle to the vision of the Israeli political map — more of two States living side-by-side in hardline in his views than Prime peace and security.” Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” The vote was 14-0 and the United Friedman supports the annexation States abstained. Although the UNSC of the entire West Bank and is the has considered the Jewish-only settlepresident of the American Friends in ments illegal since 1979, there hasn’t Beit El Yeshive, an organization that been a council resolution specifically supports projects in the ultra-right setcondemning the settlement policy for tlement of Beit El, which is built on more than 35 years. private Palestinian land without Israeli In a speech folgovernment lowing her abstenapproval. tion, Samantha Meanwhile, Power, the U.S. is Palestinian ambassador to the Authority U.N., said U.S. putting the two-state soluPresident presidents of both tion “in serious jeopardy” by Mahmoud Abbas parties have building settlements “in the (Abu Mazen) opposed Israeli colonization for hosted a public middle of what, by any reafive decades. She meeting with 250 sonable definition, would be quoted Ronald Israeli peace and the future Palestinian state.” Reagan saying in political activists, 1982 that an academics and — John Kerry immediate settlewriters in ment freeze by Ramallah on the Israel would be the most signifiWest Bank. Abbas said the Paris peace cant factor in allowing peace talks to conference set to be held on Jan. 15 is a proceed. chance to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian In a remarkably candid 70-minute conflict with international support and speech explaining the Obama adminisa timetable for implementation. tration’s action, Secretary of State John Seventy countries will participate but Kerry said the Israeli government is Netanyahu will boycott the meeting. putting the two-state solution “in seriAbbas called for direct negotiations ous jeopardy” by building settlements with Israel after a freeze in settlement “in the middle of what, by any reasonbuilding. He added: “We will not achieve able definition, would be the future peace without talking. We don’t believe Palestinian state.” He concluded, “If the in violence. We reject terror. We reject choice is one state, Israel can either be extremism. The only way for peace is Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, through direct negotiation, and we don’t and it won’t ever really be at peace.” need a U.N. resolution to do it for us.” This was a turning point, but was it Former Israeli housing minister Ran too little and too late? Obama and Cohen gave Abbas a copy of his autobiKerry are headed out the door. Hussein ography, Sa‘id. “I was born in Baghdad, Ibish, a Palestinian-American scholar Sa‘id was my name as a child and who supports a two-state solution, said Arabic was my mother tongue,” said that if Kerry’s speech had been delivCohen, who started his speech in that ered three years ago and it had been language. “As a child I had to undertake backed up by “real policies with signifi- a far from easy journey — from cant consequences to all parties for non-compliance — it would have surely see THE ANDERSON FILES Page 9


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guest column Can the Left’s manufactured reality be reasoned with? by Charlie Danaher


nyone objectively watching the response to Trump’s election can’t help but notice the bizarre reactions. It’s as though reality is illusive, and manufactured. I detect this detachment in two general areas: the causes of Trump’s election and the results thereof. For many, Hillary’s election was a foregone conclusion. Nothing else even remotely made any sense, and, therefore, nothing else was even possible. It’s almost as though there wasn’t anybody else on the ballot. That all changed Tuesday evening, Nov. 8. From my observations, the convulsions — that’s the only honest way that I can describe it — started then, and have never ceased. One good example of the mindset that Hillary’s win was automatic is the election prediction organizations. For instance, according to Predictwise, as of 8:23 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 8, the chances of Trump winning were 7 percent. But over the subsequent 2.5 hours, that probability surged by 89 percent. Reality came crashing down. Let’s look at what this manufactured reality consists of. First, according to many on the left, there’s only a few reasonable explanations of why people could have voted for Trump, including, they’re either: racists (toward blacks, Mexicans, Muslims,

etc); self-loathing white women; white working males who are bitter about a non-recovery; or white men who see a demographic shift happening that disfavors them. Oh, but we can’t forget the whopper of all explanations: the Russians. What’s fascinating is the failure to not give serious consideration to the following: Hillary’s likely continuation of Obama’s policies, and what that means; Obama’s overreach (and outright disregard for the minority party’s position) on Obamacare, Health and Human Services contraception mandates, and bathroom policy (to name just a few); the misrepresentations and disastrous impact of Obamacare; Benghazi; the Clinton Foundation; and deleted emails. Not to mention Hillary‘s abysmal trustworthiness, her characterization of a large fraction of voters as “deplorables,” and her nonchalant defense of partial-birth abortion. No, it doesn’t seem like there has been much objectivity employed as to what happened and why. Next let’s review what the Trump election will mean. Here are a few of the fears that I’ve heard expressed. He’ll begin deportations on Nov. 9th (before he’s even in office!); he’ll outlaw any religion other than Christianity; he’ll take away free birth see GUEST COLUMN Page 9

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letters Bull-riding Feature

I was disappointed to see Boulder Weekly not only running an article that was pro-bull riding, but also featuring it on front page [Re: Adventure: “There’s more than one way to be a cowboy,” Jan. 5, 2016.] Inducing stress to an animal and then getting on their back is nothing to be proud of. Exploiting an animal’s desperate attempt to get someone off their back and encouraging the animal to do so at all costs is victimization and should not be encouraged. Futhermore, I am sure the last thing a feedlot fed animal wants to do after eating “food” that is not appropriate for their ruminant digestive systems would be to go out and perform. The feedlot rations are comprised of soy, grains, corn and other industry byproducts amongst other things and are designed for fast weight gain and not the health and well-being of the animal. Think of chronic indigestion and other GI issues in an animal that is designed to eat grasses and fibers. Furthermore, muscular tears and injuries, along with ruptured discs are possible injuries in the bulls that are being caused by their violent and desperate attempt to throw the rider off their back during their induced distress. I do not understand how this is being labeled as a sport — it is nothing less than violence! If bull riders want to ride mechanical bulls and compete with them, great. Leave the bulls alone! Jen Wilson/Boulder

Moving through fear

Risk and fear often hold us back [Re: “The rewards of risk” by Frank Bures, Jan. 5, 2016.] There is plenty of fear right now with the incoming administration. Why not take a risk and take some action, the best way to move through fear. Call or write your senators and representatives, asking them to protect America’s safety net programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps), and to expand the Earned

Income Tax Credit so working childless adults won’t be taxed into poverty. Speak up, take a risk, move through your fears, and create a better country and world in the process! Willie Dickerson/Snohomish, WA

And there’s your problem

Kellyanne Conway, Trumps hypnotic surrogate, was asked if, now that Trump will be our president will his tweets become more factual? Kellyanne

answered that, “To Trumps supporters there are no facts. What Trump says is a fact, what the media says is a lie.” This explains the gap I’ve witnessed between what my good friends, who are Trump supporters, think and the perspective of folks I know who are not his supporters. There has always been a gap between the right’s information sources and the rest of informed see LETTERS Page 8

You voted for Putin

Maybe you voted for Trump, but did you really understand you were also voting for Putin? Today, just weeks away from controlling the White House, these nefarious billionaires continue the long con, bullying their way into ever-increasing wealth and power. It is clear that Donald Trump is more loyal to Russia than to the US. It seems highly likely he is a Russian operative, and doesn’t even know it himself. Meanwhile, leaders in Congress are more concerned about glad-handing the criminal-elect than heeding the wishes of the American people. In this disturbing time, don’t allow your despair to stun you into inaction. Call your representatives in D.C. every day. Remind them that we the people are the ones who sent them to D.C., and we will surely rescind that job if they don’t protect the ideals and international standing of this great nation. Christina Book/via internet Boulder Weekly


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Americans but now the gap promises to become an in-traversable canyon as our emboldened Republican representatives and commissioners move altright and become more informed by the 3 a.m. tweets of a pathological liar. At his last rally Trump told us, “I don’t need your votes now, maybe in four years, I don’t know, but I don’t need your votes now.” This is Trump speak for, I’ll be taking care of my billionaire buddies now. I guess we chumps are on our own again. John Hoffmann/Carbondale, CO

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Now that the holidays are over and a new era looms, I can’t help but draw parallels between Frank Capra’s heartwarming holiday epic, It’s a Wonderful Life, and this year’s corporate-sponsored elections. Bedford Falls, like our own towns and country, is a place of neighbors, trying to take care of one another. George Bailey builds homes for, and has intimate relationships with, his neighbors, who are a diverse group of whites, blacks and immigrants. Mr. Potter, the corporate villain, is a heartless, greedy tyrant, willing to spend any amount of money to control the Bailey Building and Loan, as well as to corrupt George, and bring him over to the dark side (insert any hero mythology here). He ridicules George for being a generous sucker (bleeding heart), and for his idealistic notion that everyone is happier, healthier and wealthier, when people have the opportunity to build and own their own homes, businesses and futures. The story contains the eerie similarity of Mr. Potter lying to seduce George, then stealing the bank deposit causing a run on the bank, and the ensuing fear, chaos, and distrust that follows. Sound familiar? Even honest George is terrified enough to momentarily be tempted by Mr. Potter’s offer to make him safe and rich, until he realizes that by doing so he’d be letting his neighbors fall victim to Potter’s tyranny. Like us, he feels there is no way out. The corruption has won. He can’t make a difference, so he has no choice but to disappear. Ah, but then Capra in his genius, shows us what happens when people give up. Sweet friendly Bedford Falls becomes ugly corrupt Pottersville. And, although it seems bustling and prosperous, it’s a dark and violent place, devoid of humanity. Where citizens are indifferent to each

other’s suffering, and only look out for themselves. But the forces of good are on George’s side, showing him ultimately that his investment in his town, and his neighbors, is well founded. They come to his rescue, in all their diversity, validating his life, and his humanity. Do you think any of us would watch this year after year if greed and hatred, I mean Mr. Potter, had prevailed? Would Bedford Falls have stayed the same caring place without George’s involvement? When you don’t participate in your own government, demean the process, or indulge your personal voting fancies at everyone’s expense because you’ve fallen for the lie that it won’t matter, and you can’t make a difference — think of George Bailey. Don’t be intimidated by the corporate owned thugs that are taking their seats at the banquet table. “You get the government you deserve,” as Alexis de Tocqueville wrote. If we don’t stand up to these bullies now, and show up to vote come mid-terms, we’ll change the Frank Capra ending, wake up in Pottersville, and want to jump off a bridge. PJ Breslin/Rifle, CO

Trump election is pushback

Hillary’s loss and Trump’s unprecedented win was a pushback against the election of our first Black president. Since, Obama’s election and reelection, Republicans and white Americans have insulted and demonized Obama because of his race. There has been an increase of police killings of unarmed blacks. Since Obama’s victories several states with Republican controlled legislatures have implemented onerous voter I.D. programs masquerading as antivoter-fraud in order to disenfranchiseblack and Hispanic voters that traditionally vote Democrat. Republicans like Chris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and Republican operative instituted nationwide the bogus Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program which resulted in massive black and Hispanic voter suppression. So, Hillary’s loss was the culmination of a decade-long Republican effort to disenfranchise voters under the guise of battling voter and which undermined democracy. Hillary, a white Democrat woman lost the presidency because of racist Republican machinations and reaction to the election and reelection of a Black Democrat president. Andrew J. O’Connor/Lafayette Boulder Weekly

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Baghdad to Basra in southern Iraq, from there to Tehran and finally to Israel. I remember the feeling of joy and jubilation which I felt as a child who came to Israel after that difficult journey. The words ‘To be a Free People in Our Country’ were for me more than rhetoric — they were the reality of life. That is the joy and jubilation that I wish and hope for the Palestinian children in Ramallah and in all the Occupied Territories — to be free, to enjoy the independence and liberation which all people and all nations deserve, to be free in their country, in Free Palestine which would live in peace with Israel. “ Cohen is not unusual. While Zionism (the Jewish nationalist movement) originated in Europe, about half of the Jewish population in Israel is indigenous to the Middle East. One in five Israeli citizens are Arab — Muslim, Christian, Druze, Bedouin. The Israeli establishment prefers to call them “Israeli Arabs” but increas-

ingly they want to identify as Palestinians. They have a right to vote and currently there are 17 Palestinian Israelis in the Israeli Knesset (parliament). But the U.S. State Department says they face “institutional, legal, and societal discrimination.” The situation in the Occupied Territories is different. Amnesty International reports that in the West Bank, Israeli forces commit unlawful killings of Palestinian civilians, including children, and detain thousands who protest the occupation. Torture and other ill-treatment is common. Israel also imposes collective punishment on Gaza with a land, sea and air blockade. At the very least, we should pressure the Senate to block the confirmation of David Friedman as the U.S. ambassador to Israel. We need to support the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and to stop Israel from becoming an apartheid state. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.

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control on January 20. And, of course, the stock market will crash. You might think that this kind of thinking is confined to just the far-left, but it has manifested in our local governments. Barely three weeks following the election, Boulder County announced that all County buildings were “Safe Zones.” According to the Camera, the commissioners stated that “the posters were not prompted [by] any specific incidents of threats against county workers or people visiting county buildings but that there have been anecdotal reports of people in Boulder County experiencing ‘what is perceived as hate speech, since the elections.’” And now, Boulder City, not to be outdone by the county, has declared itself a sanctuary city, and made a point of doing so before Trump takes office. You see, in their minds, this all makes sense. The latest spasm is the howling of the illegitimacy of the Electoral College. Apparently, if your candidate happens to win the popular vote but doesn’t win the electoral vote, then the EC is illegitimate, and needs to be abolished. It doesn’t appear that much thought has been given to the idea of the Senate, where, for instance, Rhode Island has Boulder Weekly

the same sway as California. For the most part, the same mindset that brought about the election also prevents an honest reflection of the outcome. However, there are a few glimpses of a desire on the Left to learn how “those” people think. In his 12 steps for responding to the Trump election, New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof suggests, “I will resist dwelling in an echo chamber. ... and that if I know only Clinton supporters, then I don’t have a clue about America.” And Fareed Zakaria noted in a post-election column that, “Trump remade the political map with a huge surge of support from working-class whites, particularly in rural communities. Let me be honest, this is a world I don’t know — and many people probably don’t know very well — and that’s part of the problem.” But even in his willingness to learn what caused Trump’s win, Zakaria doesn’t get it. He doesn’t seem to think that any educated, urban dweller (White or minority), who hasn’t been “left behind” economically, could, in their right mind, have voted for Trump. And that’s a big part of the problem. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.

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The timing of the EPA’s long-awaited fracking/drinking water study speaks volumes to the oil and gas industry’s control over our political system. by Joel Dyer


n Dec. 19, 2016, a mere 30 days from ongoing investigations into drinking water conbefore President Barack Obama tamination presumed to have been caused by some will leave office, the aspect of the hydraulic fracturing cycle and/or possibly Environmental Protection Agency other shale oil and gas extraction techniques in Parker (EPA) finally released its longCounty, Texas, Dimock, Pennsylvania, and Pavillion, awaited report on fracking’s impact on drinking water. Wyoming, respectively. The report, titled Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: In each case, at the time the investigation was Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on abruptly terminated without a viable explanation for Drinking Water Resources in the United States, was orig- its stoppage, news reports noted that researchers on inally scheduled to be completed in five years and the ground still believed that fracking had contributed Joel Dyer released in 2014, but the to the water contamination, release was delayed for an which they saw as a health additional two years. risk to people in those comAn optimist might believe munities. it sheer coincidence that this By abandoning these delay allowed the Obama investigations, the EPA not only left vulnerable populaadministration to escape the tions exposed to dangerous Beltway after two terms withtoxins, it also allowed the oil out ever having to challenge the world’s most politically and gas industry to continue powerful industry over its to falsely claim that fracking has never — not once in the most dangerous, controversial history of the industry — and profitable practices. been found to have contamThose whose view of politics inated drinking water supskews more cynical will no plies. This industry lie has doubt see the timing of the been one of its most powerreport’s release as wellful political tools in its fight planned political theater designed to help Obama and against fracking bans and the Democrats avoid the moratoriums during the past wrath of the oil and gas three election cycles in industry during the 2016 Colorado and elsewhere. election cycle, while metaAnd it’s a claim still phorically leaving a burning bag of dog doo being made with frequency on the porch of the White House as a gift to by the industry along Louis Meeks demonstrating the terrible stench of his the incoming Trump administration. Colorado’s Front Range. A Pavillion, Wyoming, drinking Whatever your worldview, the report’s quick internet search finds a water. He claims the water has been contaminated by delay, the timing of its ultimate release and website with the header nearby oil and gas activity, its contents speak volumes to the threats fac“Front Range News” and an thanks to the oil and gas industry. ing not only our drinking water supply but article titled “Five Myths also our democracy at the hands of the oil About Hydraulic Fracturing and gas industry and a dysfunctional two-party politi- in Colorado.” Myth number 2 deals with water concal system. tamination and claims, “There has never been a case • • • • linking hydraulic fracturing to contaminated water.” There are three very important time frames to The website says it is “powered by Extraction Oil remember when it comes to evaluating the risk posed and Gas.” Extraction is the same company that has to our drinking water supplies by oil and gas extracdrilled many wells near homes within Greeley’s city tion techniques including fracking: March 2012, July limits and is currently embroiled in controversy in 2012 and June 2013. Broomfield where it has proposed drilling and frackThese are the periods wherein Obama’s EPA ing approximately 140 new wells close to and under made its inexplicable decisions to halt and walk away several neighborhoods. As of this writing, Boulder Weekly

Broomfield’s citizens are outraged and its City Council will be voting on a new short-term moratorium on oil and gas drilling sometime in February. The EPA has long known the industry’s claim about never having contaminated drinking water to be false, despite its silence on the subject. In fact, the EPA first noted well water had been contaminated by fracking as far back as 1984, three and a half decades ago. In the 1987 document wherein the EPA famously exempted virtually all oil and gas waste from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements, the agency acknowledged that a fracking incident three years earlier had contaminated well water on a West Virginia farm with fracking gel and other chemicals used in the process. The agency’s exemption was based on its assessment that there is so much waste generated by the industry that it simply can’t be cost effectively dealt with under RCRA, even though much of the waste is indeed hazardous, but that’s another story. This and other documents also note that there were other such incidents of drinking water contamination but they couldn’t be elaborated upon because the oil and gas industry had paid settlements in exchange for silence among the parties involved. We now know that for decades the oil and gas industry has been paying off homeowners in exchange for their legally binding silence regarding drinking water contaminated by oil and gas extraction practices including contamination during the fracking cycle. These settlements have transpired even as the industry claims such contamination has never occurred. That is just one of the disturbing things the new EPA report has confirmed. One of the values of this long-overdue report is that it examines fracking’s impact on drinking water throughout the entire hydraulic fracturing cycle, not just during the high-pressure-injection phase that occurs thousands of feet below the earth’s surface and out of sight. According to the report, the EPA looked at fracking “from water withdrawals to make hydraulic fracturing fluids, through the mixing and injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids in oil and gas production wells, to the collection and disposal or reuse of produced water.” The report then describes the six primary ways fracking harms drinking water resources: • “Water withdrawals for hydraulic fracturing in times or areas of low water availability, particularly in areas with limited or declining groundwater resources; • Spills during the management of hydraulic fracturing fluids and chemicals or produced water that result in large volumes or high concentrations of chemicals reaching groundwater resources; • Injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids into wells with inadequate mechanical integrity, allowing gases or liquids to move to groundwater resources; • Injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids directly into groundwater resources; See EPA REPORT Page 12

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• Discharge of inadequately treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater to surface water resources; and • Disposal or storage of hydraulic fracturing wastewater.” • • • • So is this just some sort of speculation on the part of the EPA? Nope. According to the report, all of “the above conclusions are based on cases of identified impacts and other data, information, and analyses ... Cases of impacts were identified for all stages of the hydraulic fracturing water cycle. Identified impacts generally occurred near hydraulically fractured oil and gas production wells and ranged in severity, from temporary changes in water quality to contamination that made private drinking water wells unusable.” To put it another way, the report isn’t warning about something that could potentially happen some day. It’s reporting about drinking water contamination that has already occurred and is currently occurring. • • • • The EPA’s report is disturbing on several fronts, both environmentally and politically. The confirmation that, despite the false claims of the oil and gas industry to the contrary, the hydraulic fracturing cycle has and continues to contaminate drinking water, ground water and surface water in a wide variety of ways is only the most obvious reason to be unnerved. There have been numerous and sometimes massive spills of fracking fluid that have saturated soil and seeped into ground water or run directly into surface waters. While most spills are less than 1,000 gallons, some are far more devastating. In North Dakota, for example, the EPA found in 2015 alone there were “12 spills greater than 21,000 gallons (79,500 liters), five spills greater than 42,000 gallons (160,000 liters), and one spill of 2.9 million gallons (11 million liters).” Well failure is another major cause for concern according to the report. Wells can fail under pressure during the fracking process, allowing fluids and/or methane to enter up-hole formations that contain drinking water. More often they fail from a variety of problems, including corroded casing and bad cement jobs. What matters more than the technical aspects of how wells fail is that we understand they fail often and increasingly so with age. The industry’s own literature claims the majority of oil and gas wells will fail at some point during their lifespan. And when they fail, water and those who use it are often the casualties. The EPA report noted a .06 catastrophic failure rate on the 17,948 Wattenburg Field wells drilled in Colorado between 1970 and 2013. According to the report, “A catastrophic failure was considered to have occurred when there was contamination of drinking water aquifers (i.e., the presence of thermogenic gas in a drinking water well) and evidence of a well defect such as exposed intermediate gas formations or casing leaks.” What this means is that there have been more than 1,000 such catastrophic well failures in Colorado 12 January 12, 2017

Louis and Donna Meeks, John Fenton, Ray Kemble — people whose lives have been destroyed by the oil and gas industry’s drinking water contamination. These are people with failing health, sores covering their bodies and loved ones bedridden as the result of what they will tell you is their losing battle with the oil and gas industry. And they will also tell you that the EPA shares blame for their troubles because it turned its back on them for political reasons even though it knew the truth years ago. Obama’s recent farewell speech was an emotional moment of reflection for millions of Americans, and he has no doubt accomplished much that is to be commended. But history will view his environmental legacy as already in just the primary oil field one long on broad promises and short on The tube protruding that spans the Front Range, includaction, particularly when it came to the oil from the ground is the original EPA test well ing Weld, Boulder, Broomfield, and gas industry. that led the agency to Larimer and Adams counties. He encouraged the global oil and gas claim fracking had contaminated Then there’s the problems frackshale boom, using the Secretary of State’s Pavillion’s drinking ing in new wells can create in abanoffice to open fields around the world. water in 2012. doned and/or plugged wells nearby Despite rhetoric to the contrary, he has — a threat with significant implicaallowed more drilling and fracking on public tions for Boulder County. lands than any president in history. The EPA found that the cement used in the old And when it came to keeping the citizens of wells is often deteriorated, which allows contaminaPavillion, Dimock and Parker County safe from contion to migrate into water-bearing formations by way tamination, he allowed the research to be thrown into of the old wellbores when the new wells are fracked a drawer and not released until years later when he under extreme pressure in proximity (1 to 1.5 miles) was leaving office and wouldn’t have to deal with the to the old wells. political fallout. One look at the maps showing historic and curThe half-decade of politically expedient delays on rent oil and gas production in Boulder County makes the EPA’s research proving that oil and gas extraction, it clear that the new wells the industry has drilled including the hydraulic fracturing cycle, is contamihorizontally and fracked are in close proximity to nating our water supplies put us all at risk and severemany such old abandoned wells. And the areas of the ly harmed citizen efforts to pass bans and moratoriCounty where the industry hopes to drill in the future ums to protect our communities from the harms of oil are likewise pocked with many abandoned wells, some and gas extraction. that were never even plugged. And now that the report has finally been released, The report also points out that disposing of proit is being handed off to a new Trump EPA that will duced water containing contamination, including be led by a climate-change-denying, oil-and-gasremnants of fracking fluid, can cause ground water industry lackey from Oklahoma who will simply put it and drinking water contamination. Colorado recently back in the drawer after somehow discrediting the relaxed its requirements on produced water disposal, research and likely firing everyone who was involved allowing the industry to simply pour it onto the with its creation. ground under the guise of dust suppression, claiming This will, of course, allow Democrats to point finsuch disposal practices are beneficial to the state’s resi- gers at the Republicans and accuse them of harming dents. The reality is that it simply saves the industry the environment while ignoring the science. trouble and expense in disposing of its RCRABut let us not forget that it was the Democrats exempted contamination. who have sat on this vital information for years, turnAll this while the oil and gas industry and its front ing one of the most critical reports in EPA and envigroups like CRED and Vital for Colorado spend mil- ronmental history into little more than an opportunity lions to falsify the industry’s track record in their for more political theater at the expense of the health efforts to convince us that fracking is not and has of real families and the environment. never been a threat to our drinking water supplies. When the current administration decided to walk away from the three earlier studies on fracking’s On the political front, the EPA’s report is just as impact on drinking water and to delay the release of disturbing as it is regarding the environment. this report until Obama’s last few days in office when The report is chock-full of information about it was too late to take any action, it proved a couple of drinking water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming, things. First, that both political parties are fully under Dimock, Pennsylvania and Parker County, Texas, the the control of the oil and gas industry. And second, three locations that the EPA mysteriously turned its we must look beyond politics to save our planet and back on in 2012 and 2013. protect ourselves and our communities from this danIt’s unfair to simply think of these places as gerous polluting industry. names on a map. I’ve met the people who live there. Boulder Weekly


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n Wednesday, Jan. 11, the 2017 Colorado State legislative session began in Denver and with it came a proposed draft bill from Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont). The bill would give jurisdictions the option to use approval voting methods in nonpartisan elections. This will be Singer’s third attempt to get such legislation passed. The concept is simple: “Vote for as many candidates as you like, the candidate with the most votes win,” Singer says. “It’s a very positive way of voting.” House Bill 17-0608 would allow voters to check as many candidates as they like in races where political affiliations aren’t on the ballot, such as city councils and school boards. But the law would not require any jurisdictions to use such methods. “I believe that the current system is not creating a system that gives people faith in our government,” Singer says, citing the frustration many voters felt during the 2016 presidential election. “Maybe if people felt like they had more choices, they’d have more faith in our electoral process.” Singer first started thinking about different voting options when running as one of six candidates for two at-large seats in the 2009 Longmont City Council election. “I came to the conclusion that if I stayed in that race, I was going to split the vote among some people that I agreed with and all of us would lose,” he says. So he dropped out, becoming state representative in 2012. Since then, he’s been working on various versions of an approval voting bill. The last unsuccessful attempt was in 2014. Despite bipartisan sponsorship, as well as support from Greens, Libertarians and several nonpartisan organizations, the 2014 bill failed to get out of the House Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs, killed by Democrats, not one of whom voted for the measure. Critics argue approval voting could confuse voters, be ineffective in contested elections and could result with the victory of second-choice candidates. But Paul Tiger, author of Singer’s legislation and executive director of Approval Voting for Colorado, explains Boulder Weekly

it a different way. “It’s a party killer, really,” he says. “It takes control away from the parties.” Like Singer, he thinks current voter sentiment toward the political process could help the bill this year. “There’s lots of people who have never thought about anything but plurality voting,” Tiger says. “I just want people to open their minds and start thinking about how to change how the republic works and maybe there’s a different system that people will like.” Approval voting is just one of several alternative voting methods. Other systems include ranked choice voting, instant runoff voting and score voting, all of which allow voters to assign certain weight to each candidate in succession. Ranked choice voting is already being used in mayoral elections in both Basalt and Telluride. But Singer and Tiger agree: These systems are more mathematically complicated, would require new election technology and are more difficult to audit. Nevertheless, Singer says any alternative voting method could be worth a shot. “In my world, the bill may change this year. I may just say local jurisdictions that wish to use alternative voting methods just have to do so with the guidance of the Secretary of State’s office,” Singer says. Currently, approval voting is used by the Libertarian Party of Colorado, the University of Colorado Boulder to nominate top posts and the CU student government, according to Tiger. Colorado would be the first state to approve legislation regarding approval voting, should the bill pass. “Just like the states are the laboratories of the nation, our local county, city and special districts are sort of the laboratories of the state,” Singer says. “So if there’s a system that works we should let our local governments exercise their own local control to put this into place.” Singer knows it’s an experiment, but if it goes well, he hopes approval voting will spread to statewide elections and potentially even into partisan races. Singer and the supporters of the approval voting bill are currently seeking Senate sponsorship to move the proposition forward.

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By 2012, the carrots from Ollin Farms had slimmed down and stretched, now reaching from Amber’s shoulder down to her waist. These were quality carrots. “It was this foot-and-a-half-long carrot,” Guttridge says. “That never would have been possible four years previously when the soil was the way it was.” Today, Ollin Farms grows 10 different varieties of carrots each agricultural cycle and Guttridge credits the success to carbon sequestration, the process of pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to build healthy topsoil. Over centuries of traditional agricultural practices, farmers have plowed their fields, releasing carbon stored in the soil in the process. When that carbon collides with the oxygen in the air, it creates carbon dioxide that is then released into the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. Scientists estimate as much as 80 percent of soil carbon in heavily cultivated areas has been lost, according to Kristin’s Ohlson’s 2014 book The Soil Will Save Us. Furthermore, practices such as traditional farming, overgrazing, deforestation and erosion, what Ohlson calls “land misuse” in her book, account for approximately 30 percent of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. But a growing number of farmers around the world, including several Boulder County farmers, are implementing carbon sequestration practices to recapture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in soil, where the carbon aids crop growth while helping to mitigate climate change at the same time. Although the process has a complicated-sounding name, Guttridge insists that all it takes to sequester carbon for nutritious, flavorful vegetables is soil observation. In doing so, he was able to regenerate the topsoil by planting cover crops. “The cover crop is just a crop like oats or grain you grow that’s never harvested,” Guttridge says. “And we end up just mowing down all the organic matter that goes back into the soil and [the carbon] stays there.” It took Guttridge three years of growing and mowing down cover crops to regenerate the brittle soil that’s common in Boulder County given Colorado’s arid climate. Today, he swears by carbon sequestration practices, such as cover cropping, as one of the fastest ways to increase soil health. In doing so, Ollin Farms has become a “pilot farm” for carbon sequestration agricultural practices. In August 2016, Ollin Farms hosted its first Carbon Sequestration Festival, where local farmers and experts in agriculture educated more than 80 attendees on the benefits of carbon sequestration as a principle of sustainable agriculture. Sarah Gleason, the director of marketing and communications with the Savory Institute in Boulder, also touts the benefits of such practices. According to her, a growing body of peer-reviewed research and recent studies coming out of Savory affirm that carbon sequestration as a form of regenerative agriculture could help bring the world’s atmospheric carbon back to pre-industrial levels. “It’s not an overnight process. I would say that it’s not a 100-year process though, either,” Gleason says. “We see places that have no grass growing before, [are now] totally covered, no longer bare, [with] roots in the soil that are actively sequestering carbon. It might take them maybe another five years for those roots Boulder Weekly



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to get even deeper and be able to sequester more carbon, but really it is in our lifetime that we could do this.” Research director Dr. Kristine Nichols with the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania, which is known for its 36-year-long Farm Systems Trial, says her results show that sequestering carbon will generate more resilient soil that is better able to thrive under climactic uncertainty. She also asserts that more research is needed to achieve these results on a global scale. “The data that we have certainly shows that the potential is there,” Nichols says. “This is on a global basis, so there’s going to be a lot of flexibility and a lot of research that needs to go into understanding how to optimize these systems in different environments. But what we’ve seen from the data we have from the Farm Systems Trial shows the ability to sequester large amounts of carbon compared to the conventional systems. But again, we need to figure out how to optimize them for many different types of environments.” But Gleason says the sooner farmers can start implementing these practices, the better. “Really, the rush is more about people starting now so that we can see the incredible benefits in 20 years,” she says. “That is about the time it would take.” Researchers at both institutes are considering all options in an effort to get carbon back into the soil, like the holistic pasture management practices Marcus McCauley over at McCauley Family Farms is championing in Boulder County. Using holistic planned grazing originally developed by the Savory Institute, McCauley has also seen a drastic improvement in the soil on his farm. Holistic management uses a combination of animal grazing and farming to promote healthy soil. McCauley claims he would not have been able to maintain a lasting farm in Boulder County without animal grazing. “When we first moved here we tried to plant grass seed,” he says. “It didn’t germinate. It wouldn’t. It looked like we didn’t do anything out there.” McCauley knew he needed to do something. So he began allowing sheep to graze his farmland, followed by chickens. “We start in the spring and then when it gets warm enough we’ll drop 2,000 birds on the pasture and then we’ll slaughter those and we’ll do another 2,000 on a different part of the pasture,” McCauley explains. In one season, McCauley Family Farms will run a total of 6,000 chickens across his field in order to increase the soil’s health. “Once we brought the animals in, all of a sudden we had the kind of microbial life and fertility there that the seeds could germinate and thrive,” he says. “After we did that, our fields just exploded.” But both Nichols with the Rodale Institute and Gleason with the Savory Institute acknowledge that the concept of reintroducing grazing systems into agricultural management is a controversial technique that not all farmers may feel comfortable with. But after years of being taught the dangers of overgrazing, it’s easy to see why. Overgrazing has historically killed grass and other feed crops, leading to increased erosion and exasperating the release of carbon from the soil. However, holistic management systems can actually produce the opposite effect. The Rodale Institute, for example, is working on an integrative livestock and crop experiment that has shown an increase in cattle weight, while also increasing carbon and other biomass in the cropland soil. “[Grazing] is another area in which the data indicates the strong potential to be able to do that, but again, we need to figure out how to be able to do different types of managed grazing within these systems,” Nichols says. While researches continue their quest to design the best system, Guttridge and McCauley in Boulder County are already seeing the benefits of carbon sequestration management techniques. And they are providing Boulder County with nutrient-rich produce that enhances community-wide health, while combating climate change in the process. With additional reporting by Angela K. Evans. Boulder Weekly


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sually, when someone repeatedly tells you no, you eventually take your energy elsewhere, the probability of a yes getting shelved with other dashed dreams. For years, a small but vocal minority of skiers has been begging to hike up the slopes at Eldora Mountain Resort, but their only option has been to trudge along I-70 before sunrise to get a fix at Loveland or Arapahoe Basin while the ski hill just 21 miles away stubbornly shook its head no. Until this year, when Eldora said finally said yes. On June 6 of last year, Eldora was purchased by Powdr Corporation — a self-identified “adventure lifestyle company” out of Park City, Utah — and the change in ownership ushered in a shift in attitude and priorities. Uphill skiing, says general manager Brent Tregaskis, “was one of the things we had heard requests for, but the old ownership wanted nothing to do with it. “Powdr said, ‘If that’s what you think you should do for your community, then we support you,’” he says. “They didn’t come to us and say, ‘Oh, you have to do uphill,’ we came to them and said that one of the biggest requests we’ve had is for uphill and summer mountain biking and more activities. The

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by Betsy Welch change in ownership allowed us to do something that we thought made sense.” Since opening almost 55 years ago, Eldora has been haunted by challenges in both management and ownership. From bankruptcy after only a few seasons in operation to problems with a hastily developed Corona Bowl in 1970 (the treeless area was immediately pummeled by punishing winds and ice due to poor design) to a decrease in visitation after the Eisenhower Tunnel opened in 1979, Eldora may as well have always been skiing uphill. Although some of Eldora’s scruples have been transformed see ELDORA Page 22

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from scandalous to storied, unsullied ownership Eldora has overcome has remained elusive. With the need to improve many obstacles over the aging infrastructure, plans to expand terrain in the years and continues to push forward. works, and public demand for new activities and continued excellence in skiing instruction, the Powdr acquisition is promising for both operators and users. “Eldora certainly needed capital to make some improvements,” says JP Chevalier, Eldora’s director of marketing. “Former ownership would spend maybe $500,000 to $600,000 a year on fixing things and making little improvements, but in an industry where a new snowcat costs that much, it’s hard to find money for everything you need.” Powdr, which also lists Copper Mountain, Mt. Bachelor and Killington on its roster of American ski resorts, gave Eldora a healthy infusion of cash after the acquisition last summer, and Chevalier says the effects were felt immediately. “People feel it from the restrooms to the domestic water supply. We cut three new trails, and we’ve invested in Woodward, which is our new kid’s ski and snowboard school model.” To be clear: The restrooms have all been remodeled slightly (the ones under the Timbers Lodge got the biggest makeover); pipes that were installed in the ’60s have been replaced, so the water tastes better; the resort cut three new black diamond runs between the Corona chairlift and Muleshoe run; and, Eldora is now the only ski school in the country that is using Woodward (a progressive — and proprietary — way to teach coordination and athleticism both indoors and on snow) as its primary method of instruction. Beyond the tangible changes users will find at Eldora this season, the resort’s management is equally invested in preserving the unique identity of the ski area — 22 January 12, 2017

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and confident that the Powdr ownership will lend a nurturing hand. “The beauty of Powdr is just that,” Tregaskis says. “Even though it’s a company with nine resorts, they let the management of each resort create the culture. Eldora’s different than Copper, Copper’s different than Killington, Killington’s different than Bachelor — every place is unique, so you can’t ‘cookie cutter’ a program.” Eldora may lack the holiday infrastructure of other big Colorado ski resorts, but there are certain perks that come with being situated in the Front Range’s backyard. Occasionally, storms blanket its peaks when the rest of the state stays dry. Extensive snowmaking on the entire mountain ensures that more terrain opens more quickly, even in years with a lean start — like this season. And, Eldora is the only Colorado ski area serviced by public transportation: the RTD Ski-nRide route takes passengers right to Eldora’s base, seven times a day. Not to mention that the little city down the canyon from Eldora is host to its own unique athletic identity, and the ski area happens to cater to its needs in a way that most resorts can’t. “We have what we call ‘snow sports triathletes,’” Chevalier says. “There aren’t a lot of places I’ve seen that. From the same parking lot, you can downhill ski or ride, go snowshoeing or Nordic skiing, and do alpine touring. Or, if you’re a family with diverse interests, you can all go have fun and then get back together for lunch.” For Boulder skier Trish McCarthy and her 13-year-old son Zach, this is why they ski at Eldora more than any other Colorado resort. “Eldora is where I learned to Nordic ski, my kids have learned to Nordic and downhill ski, and where my husband learned to ski in the ’70s,” McCarthy says. “Even though it’s grown, it still has that quaint, local ski area feel to it.” Zach adds that he likes having a place to Nordic and Alpine ski all in one, and hopes that the Powdr acquisition leads to “a few more advanced trails on the alpine area and perhaps an expansion of the Nordic area, if possible.” Eldora does have a permit from the United States Forest Service (USFS) to make improvements within its existing boundary. In addition to the three new runs cut last summer, in 2017 the resort will begin construction on a new highspeed “6 pack” detachable chairlift to replace the old Challenge and Cannonball chairlifts at the base area. They’ve also requested a permit to increase terrain south of the Jolly Jug area. However, the decision was deferred by the USFS who had their own request of the ski area: They and community stakeholders enter a conversation about potential issues. For anyone who has worked at Eldora — or in the ski industry anywhere — conversations about the appropriateness of development in the face of dwindling resources are nothing new. What does feel different this year, however, is the space in which the dialogue can unfold. “We’re held responsible to drive the decisions,” Chevalier says. “Powdr is decentralized, and they trust us to make good decisions. We’re stewards of winter sports recreation, so we want to do a good job.” For the 15 or so uphill skiers who watched the sunrise splash pink and orange over Boulder from the top of the Jolly Jug Glades on Jan. 2 after a — sanctioned! — morning uphill workout, the verdict was in: This year, Eldora is doing a good job. Boulder Weekly

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Who is Mnuchin, other than a man whose last name desperately needs to buy a vowel? In a statement obviously written by a staffer with more self-control over adjective use than the president-elect, and an attention span that exceeds 140 characters, Donald Trump declared “Steve Mnuchin is a world-class financier, banker and businessman.” He was a partner at Goldman Sachs and currently runs a hedge fund. Oh, and he also produces movies. In fact, the statement regarding Mnuchin’s appointment could read: “Guy see TRUMP CINEMA Page 26

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who produced Suicide Squad now oversees the U.S. Economy.” Cool? Mike Pence may have gotten razzed by the cast of Hamilton, but Mnuchin should have been demonically possessed by the spectre of the actual Hamilton. Whether it’s this literal appointment of a Hollywood exec inside Trump’s clueless cabinet or the Moron Don’s rabid obsession over his TV footprint, we are on the precipice of a new era. The divide between pop culture and the presidency is no more. The wall dividing the two is as transparent and imaginary as the Mexican one that Trump used to snake-oil his way to the GOP nomination. Thus, beneath this new umbrella, it’s time to consider what movies could (and should) look like under, gulp, President Donald Trump.

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What Comes Next? Unlike print, sound or stage, the path to a big screen release is typically lengthy. Sure, there are exceptions, like the micro-budgeted-indie flick or the project-in-thepipeline that is tinkered with and tailored to reflect current attitudes. But, as a general rule, artists who work in the medium of film aren’t as able to quickly react and respond to cultural stimuli as others who only need pen, canvas or safe space to present their message. Take something like Sept. 11. Although part of the delay in cinematic reaction was an exercise in sensitivity, somewhat overly so, much of it was simply owed to the nature of the beast. Preproduction and financing can be exhaustive, maddeningly long endeavors. This explains why even something like United 93, which merely directly recounted the events of that September day, took nearly half a decade to see the light of day itself. Big, tentpole films, like Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, didn’t truly begin even thematically tracing the terror of the Bush era until 2005. Large-scale targeted, intentional deconstruction and argumentation as articulated through cinema took years to manifest in a significant way. Obviously, Michael Moore in TrumpLand proved that documentaries are likely to be the first-line reactions, a by-product of their ability to be partly Frankenstein’smonstered out of real-world footage. But direct narrative film reactions to the election of Trump are going to be slow. Instead, it’s more likely that existing movies will be placed in context of his impending presidency. Take something like Star Wars: Rogue One. The anti-fascist, rebellious rhetoric can be applied to the incoming leaders of government as comfortably as Trump would fit inside Darth Vader’s helmet. Only his helmet, though; the rest would take some squeezing and greasing. That movie was actually on the receiving end of a boycott initiated by white supremacists, who do not get to choose their own nicknames, no matter how adorably insipid “alt-right” sounds. Speaking of adorably insipid, a boycott of one of the most popular franchises in the history of ever, produced by a globally dominant megacorporation, went about as well as you’d expect. That said, what happened with Rogue One is probably the best indicator of the immediate future: Critics and capable audiences will attempt to endow or imbue liberation messages or anti-fascist, anti-hate dogma into unrelated movies while rabid anti-intellectuals get pissy and whine about it.

Do You Have a Clue What Happens Now? Although by many accounts, Trump is likely to shrink or reduce American output in most areas, he almost certainly has an uncanny ability to produce anger. Thus, about two years from now, the first wave of movies creatively birthed in the wake of President Baby Hands will emerge. There will be the obligatory obvious satire, which Sacha Baron Cohen should legally be prohibited from creating. A few foreign films will take their jabs, casting Trump-a-likes as their fictional U.S. presidents. A light sci-fi film will likely extrapolate draconian measures against tolerance that are now frighteningly possible. None of that is really new. The ripples of presidential elections are always eventually felt. Mind you, the halcyon days of watching a melodramatic reenactment of Michelle and Barack Obama’s courtship are now long behind us. The real difference will be in the reaction. Donald Trump has already blasted a steelworker’s union leader, Chuck Jones, on Twitter for daring to publicly correct him. He has ranted about Alec Baldwin’s impression of him on Saturday Night Live. There is absolutely, positively zero chance that President Trump will be able to let go a film that targets him directly. In fact, it’s worth asking if he will intercede before that even happens. The fear of governmental censorship is real when the president-elect explicitly suggests a desire to control the media. This is a man with vast connections in Hollywood — look no further than Treasury Secretary Suicide Squad. Is it possible he may strong-arm studios Boulder Weekly


into reconsidering funding for projects highly critical of him? A-doy. Yeah, it’s possible, especially considering that the very people who bankroll most of the movies you love are Wall Street sycophants whose mouths barely leave the teat of tax influence. Those of us who consider this medium a vital social battleground must remain vigilant. Those deals announced in trade magazines about the film industry suddenly warrant that much more scrutiny. This is a man whose mouthpieces have used FDR’s internment camps as a precedent for proposed roundups of Muslim Americans. There isn’t just a small chance the White House will begin directly meddling in Hollywood’s creative process, there’s a legitimate certainty.

You’re on Your Own There’s another element of all this. Artists who work in movies have a responsibility now. They have a cultural charge made evident by the nigh-impossible amount of votes an orange pinata filled with insecurity and a hatred of women received. At least half of Americans have a hate problem. They are either blatantly intolerant or willfully able to forgive intolerance. A lack of empathy can be effectively countered through art. The burden on all genres, but especially this country’s most popular artistic medium, is to find a way to erode this lack of compassion. It won’t happen through policy or only through uncomfortable conversations at family gatherings. Emotional education through film is the most potent and capable fix to a problem most straight white people didn’t realize was this bad. There’s a burden on the audience too, however. Take something like Moonlight. Here is a film that lyrically and deftly permits insight into the life of a gay black man living in a drug-laden environment. See it. See it and take a friend. See it and take a friend who may not otherwise realize what it feels like to experience that reality. Even those who are already bent toward compassion can use further, deeper education. Moonlight is exuberant and powerful and available right now. There are others like it. There will be others like it. Find them. Share them. That’s what non-filmmakers can do. Just as we are asking and tasking those with creative opportunity to answer the call, we need to answer when they call. We need to not only attend movies like Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, a beautifully feminist film that illuminates without bending to explicit didacticism, we need to promote and share them. The challenge for those furious at Trump’s election has been “what can we do?” The answer is decidedly not simple, and it is certainly not only doing one thing. A combination, however, could be transformative. Social media outbursts are understandable and potentially effective. Supporting or opposing legislation, railing against political appointments and participating in every election possible is crucial. But so too are those things that may begin to fray the edges of isolation, intolerance and anger that allowed a disingenuous huckster to con half the country into supporting him in exchange for a few magic beans... a few racist, sexist magic beans. Share and celebrate all meaningful art designed to liberate, but especially this most immersive and popular form, in an effort to enlighten. Demand more diversity in film and, by God, support it when it arrives. Movies will survive Trump, provided the nuclear button requires adult-sized hands. Whether or not they can help us grow despite him, whether they can help us make sure this was a tipping point and wake-up call, that’s up to us. Boulder Weekly

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o be honest, there’s probably a lot of people who would see my name and say, ‘Who is that? That sounds familiar,’” says singer/songwriter John Paul White, aware that his former fame as one-half of the Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars still dwarfs his solo career. White is currently touring with his first solo album in close to a decade, Beulah, released in August 2016. But he doesn’t seem to mind when venues and publicists bill him as “John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars),” say, for example, at The Bluebird Theater in Denver where he’s performing Jan. 19. “Anytime that happens, the venue has taken it upon themselves. We don’t try and use that as a building block,” he says. “But it is who I am and who I was, and I’m proud of that. So I get why they do it.” But White began his musical career as a solo artist indepensee WHITE Page 30

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dently releasing The Long Goodbye in 2008, the same year he joined Joy Williams to create The Civil Wars. The duo won four Grammys together before suddenly and definitively parting ways mid-tour in 2012, though they didn’t make it official for another two years. Both parties have been reserved in their comments about the split, but White says he never thought he would write or sing for an audience again. “I didn’t even want to walk across the street and play, to be honest,” he says. Instead, he went home to Northwestern Alabama, intent on spending time with his wife and kids, while also starting Single Lock Records with a couple of hometown friends, including Alabama Shakes keyboardist Ben Tanner. “I was still on the road when the formative stages happened,” White says. “Ben and a Beulah is John Paul White’s first solo album local friend, Will since the breakup of The Trapp, had got the Civil Wars. genesis of the idea together.” The idea was simple: Create a label to help mainly local artists record well-thought-out albums, when many of them couldn’t afford to do it themselves in between working one or two day jobs to get by. “We wanted to create a situation where we could help take some of that [financial] burden off, but do it with bands we dearly loved and make sure the world got to hear their music,” he says. The team has a good thing going with Single Lock, signing newcomers, such as the Alabama soul sextet St. Paul and the Broken Bones, as well as renowned musicians like Donnie Fritts, an Alabama-

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Music-Hall-of-Famer and Kris Kristofferson’s keyboardist for more than four decades. “I’m extremely proud of [the record label], mostly because of how much I love the artists that we get to work with,” White says. “We’re big fans of all these guys, so we’re really lucky that we get to work with artists that we dearly respect and love.” For a couple of years, White stuck close to home, building a studio on his property and pouring himself into his newfound role as businessman and producer. He was content focusing on his family, while giving talented musicians a platform for their work. Then Nashville ON THE BILL: John Paul producer White. 8 p.m. Thursday, Dave Cobb Jan. 19, The Bluebird reached out, Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377asking 1666. White if he would contribute to a concept album he was working on called Southern Family. “He wanted it to be songs about something inherently Southern, something that had happened to us or an experience of ours growing up in the real South,” White remembers. He came up with “Simple Song,” a slow, emotionally infused country ballad about his grandparents. As a grade-school-age kid, White worshiped his grandfather, completely unaware of the havoc alcoholism waged throughout his life. “He was my favorite person on Earth,” White says. “I thought he was perfect. But it turns out he was not.” Eventually, his grandfather passed away and White found out the truth, but most shocking was his grandmother’s reaction. “My grandmother didn’t cry and I couldn’t figure out why, because I couldn’t stop,” White says. “So I asked her about it and she said, ‘Honey, I cried so much for your grandpa when he was on this earth, there ain’t no way I’m going to cry for him now that he’s better off.’ It was a very powerful moment for me.”

It was a moment that White poignantly captures with “Simple Song” and writing it, in part, inspired Beulah. “It probably was one of the catalysts, one of the reasons that I finally started writing songs again, ’cause it kinda forced me to get these things flowing,” White says. “The record kind of fell out of me.” Titled after a family nickname, one that his father called his sister and he’s adapted for his wife and daughter, Beulah is full of the heartache that comes with loving deeply; the pain of realizing personal limitations in relationships, while not blaming the faults of others. Sometimes somber, other times surprisingly bright, the album is authentically White. “I’ve always been drawn to songs that are on the darker side, that are on the sadder side,” he says, unable to pinpoint exactly why that is. As a young child, he remembers sitting with his dad’s country music collection, connecting particularly with artists such as Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, who were “singing about the darker side of life.” “I always feel like those things leave a deeper mark, a bigger scar than happy times in your life mark you,” he says. Once White wrote the songs, he couldn’t keep them to himself. Releasing Beulah on Single Lock, White has spent the last six months or so touring the country, playing mostly small venues, and pouring his heart out on stage. “I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed connecting with crowds and playing songs and seeing [the crowd] connect with what I’m singing,” White says. “It’s a strange existence, that that matters to us as artists and songwriters. I honestly didn’t think that was the case until I wrote these songs after doing nothing for two or three years and I immediately wanted to play them for people.” But he’s acutely aware of his responsibilities at home, both as a family man and as a founder of a record label, never spending more than two weeks on the road. For White, despite all the ups and downs of the last decade, this is the definition of success. “All I aspire to is be able to make the music that I want, on my own terms and pay my bills and be able to be at home with my family as much as I possibly can,” White says. “If I can do that, then I’m definitely winning.”

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ennifer Frautschi and Erik Ruske rarely get to perform together. The married couple are both highly successful musicians, but she plays the violin and he plays the horn, two instruments Top: horn player that are not easily paired. There are only a Erik Ruske; Bottom: violinist Jennifer few contemporary pieces that combine them Frautschi as solo instruments, and very little outside of those newer works. But “very little” is not the same as none. And now conductor Michael Butterman and the Boulder Philharmonic have scheduled Frautschi and Ruske to perform Ethel Smyth’s late Romantic Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra on their next subscription concert, Saturday, Jan. 14 in Macky Auditorium. This will be the first time they have performed the oneof-a-kind concerto together with an orchestra. The program, titled “Brahms & His World,” also features Brahms’s Tragic Overture and the Symphony No. 4 in D minor of 32 January 12, 2017

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Robert Schumann. complained that “This little The title refers to the fact that Brahms knew both woman writes music with a Michael Butterman will conduct the Smyth, who studied composition in Leipzig in the 1870s, masculine hand ... There is not Boulder Phil in their and Schumann, whose family he was close to for many years. a weak or effeminate note, nor performance of Robert Schumann’s What’s more, Brahms’s influence can clearly be heard in the an unstable sentiment.” Fourth Symphony. concerto, which was composed in 1927 but harkens back to Smyth was active politically the orchestral sounds of the 19th century. as well as musically. She was an There is another connection between Brahms and ardent suffragette, whose rousing “The March of Women” Smyth. One piece with violin and horn that is heard more was a source of inspiration to many of her generation. She than Smyth’s Concerto is Brahms’s Trio for Violin, Horn fought for women to get the vote, and may be the only and Piano, which was performed in Longmont last May as person to have gone from being jailed for rioting — where part of the Boulder Bach Festival. This, the soloists agree, she led the prisoners in singing her march — to Dame makes comparisons between the two composers inevitable. Commander of the British Empire in just 10 years. “You hear some influence of Brahms (in the concerto), The Fourth Symphony will be the first piece by but it’s quirky,” Frautschi says. “If I were to Schumann that Butterman has conducted hear this on the radio, I would have trouble in Boulder. “It’s a piece that I really do identifying who it was by.” love,” he says, even if he hasn’t done it “You might guess Elgar or Brahms,” here before. ON THE BILL: “Brahms and His World.” Boulder Ruske adds. “Obviously, it’s hard to hold a The symphony was written in 1841, the Philharmonic, conductor candle to Brahms, but at her best there’s same year that Schumann composed his Michael Butterman, violinist some really, just absolutely stunning First Symphony, and revised 10 years later as Jennifer Frautschi, and Erik Ruske, horn. moments.” his Fourth Symphony. It begins rather 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, gloomily in D minor — which is surprising Butterman agrees that it is “an appealing Macky Auditorium, 1595 considering that it is supposed to be a porwork, one that people are not familiar with Pleasant St., Boulder. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, trait of his wife, Clara, whom he had just the composer but they will recognize the Pinnacle Performing Arts married when it was begun — but ends in a language. It’s a familiar style.” Complex, 1001 W. 84th cheerful and energetic major key. The incorporation of two instruments of Ave., Denver. Tickets: 303-449-1343 The whole symphony is based on melodsuch apparently different characters into one ideas that are stated at the very beginning, concerto is a challenge for the composer, and app/eventschedule. to some extent the performers. Frautschi and and transformed throughout the symphony. aspx?Clientid=BoulderPhil Ruske solve some of the balance issues by This technique, which was quite original at thinking of the piece more as chamber the time, may have influenced later composmusic, rather than the typical heroic model ers, including Liszt. of the Romantic concerto: Sometimes they blend into the “It goes from dark to light,” Butterman says. “He takes a orchestral sound, at others they stand out as soloists. theme and turns it whole cloth into a major key, a brighter If you have heard of Smyth at all, it is likely because she tempo, and into a higher register, which suggests that the was, until December 2016, the last woman to have a work character has put on a new costume. It’s recognizably the produced by the Metropolitan Opera. Her Der Wald opened same idea, the same person, but somehow in quite a differin 1903 at the Met, where it was the year’s highest grossing ent role.” production. Nonetheless, that was the last opera by a woman That transformation also makes the symphony a perproduced there for 113 years. fect concert closer. “It ends with great energy and ramping Not that everyone loved her opera. One critic, who up of speed,” Butterman says. “It comes to a rousing conapparently wanted a female composer to know her place, clusion.” Boulder Weekly











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ZACH HECKENDORF. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 720-645-2467.

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Engage A Poetic Dialogue on Race with Norma Johnson and Dexter Payne The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-444-7328. To celebrate Martin Luther King, Motus Theater heads to The Dairy to host Norma Johnson for a poetry performance about race. Courtesy of The Dairy Johnson is a social justice activist who frequently explores race and racism in her poetic work to spark conversation and reflection. Johnson calls herself a healer, and her work is acclaimed for its insights on human rights. For the performance, she’ll be accompanied by award-winning saxophonist Dexter Payne. The performance is free and there is no advanced ticketing, so make sure to arrive early.

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Thursday, January 12 Music Bluegrass Jam. 7 p.m. Front Range Brewing, 400 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 1650, Lafayette, 303-3390767. The Coteries. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Denny Driscoll. 7 p.m. Grossen Bart Brewery, 1025 Delaware Ave., Longmont, 214-770-9847.

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Follow the Fox. 6 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400. Gasoline Lollipops. 8 p.m. Jamestown Mercantile Cafe, 108 Main St., Jamestown, 303-442-5847.

Kris Lager Band. 10 p.m. The Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-3355. Loose Cannon. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. Open Jam. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733. Open Mic. 6:30 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 720-297-6397.

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The Simple Parade. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Three Finger Salute. 6 p.m. Wibby Brewing, 209 Emery St., Longmont, 303-776-4594.


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Events Aspiring Artists (Ages 13-16). 5 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902.

Adrienne Russell stops by Boulder Book Store to talk about her new book Journalism as Activism on Jan. 12.

Clay Class (Ages 5-8). 3:30 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902. DJ Petey. 9 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-997-4108.

Thursday, Jan. 12 Adrienne Russell — Journalism as Activism. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074.

Ecstatic Dance. 7 p.m. The StarHouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon, Boulder, 303-245-8452. Evolving Visions of Land and Landscape Closing Party and Youth Programs Exhibition. 6:30 p.m. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-2122.

Monday, Jan. 16 “So, You’re a Poet” Open Poetry Reading. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628.

Friday, January 13 Music

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A.J. Fullerton. 8:30 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922.

Innisfree Weekly Open Poetry Reading. 7 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, 303-495-3303.

Atomga. 10 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-328-8328.

Dr. David Grinspoon — Earn in Human Hands. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074.

Bambooty. 10 p.m. The Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-3355. Brain Rezac. 5 p.m. Pearl Street Pub, 1108 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-777-6768. Chain Station. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Brewery, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685.

Powerlung Rangers. 10 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922.

Human. 7 p.m. Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St., Boulder.

Chris Daniels. 7 p.m. Caffe Sole, 637R S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303-499-2985.

The Rhythm Allstars, Papa Juke. 7 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 720-297-6397.

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Cleason, Dunn & Wright. 7 p.m. SKEYE Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont, 303-774-7698.

Shanna in a Dress. 7 p.m. 300 Suns Brewing, 335 1st Ave., Longmont, 720-442-8292.

Colin Hay & Doyle Bramhall III. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-443-8696.

Southside Clyde. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400.

Cycles & Casey Russell’s Soul Shack. 7:30 p.m. The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland, 303-258-3637. The Dear Landlords. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues CyclHOPS, 600 S. Airport Road, Longmont, 303-776-BIKE. Delta Sonics. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696. Dream Doctors. 8 p.m. Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, 2027 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-0120. The Eighties Band. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. Franklin Rezarch. 6 p.m. Very Nice Brewing Company, 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 112, Nederland, 303-258-3770.

The Strange Byrds. 5 p.m. Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room, 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303-776-1914. TJ George. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Zach Heckendorf, Joe Hertler, The Rainbow. 9 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 720-645-2467. Zen Mustache. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-4404628. Events DJ Big D. 9 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-997-4108.

Gina Sobel. 7 p.m. Grossen Bart Brewery, 1025 Delaware Ave., Longmont, 214-770-9847.

Friday Art Club (Ages 5-8). 3:45 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902.

Jack Hadley. 6 p.m. Upslope Brewing Company (Lee Hill), 1501 Lee Hill Road, Suite 20, Boulder, 508-873-9185.

Masterpiece Makers (Ages 3-5). 1 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902.

Kessel Run. 9 p.m. Owsley’s Golden Road, 1301 Broadway St., Boulder, 720-849-8458.

Photography/Photoshop/Lightroom One-OnOne Consulting. 10 a.m. Boulder Digital Arts, 1600 Range St., Suite 100, Boulder, 303-8004647.

Meredith Wilder. 6 p.m. Jamestown Mercantile Cafe, 108 Main St., Jamestown, 303-442-5847.

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Music Andrew Wynne. 7 p.m. Longs Peak Pub & Taphopuse, 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886. Arthur Lee Land Trio. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Brewery, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. Aya Maguire, Celia Gary. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Badbadnotgood. 9 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 720-645-2467. The Beloved Invaders. 4:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room, 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303-776-1914. Big Thompson Flood. 8 p.m. Stage Stop, 60 Main St., Rollinsville, 303-258-0649. Boulder Philharmonic: Brahms and His World. 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder, 303-492-8423. Brandon Sipes. 8 p.m. Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company, 297 U.S. 287, Lafayette, 720-550-7813. Custom Shop Blues Band. 9 p.m. The Speakeasy, 301 Main St., Longmont, 720-684-4728. Denver Vintage Reggae Society. 9 p.m. Grossen Bart Brewery, 1025 Delaware Ave., Longmont, 214-770-9847. Fruition. 8:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. George Nelson Trio. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues CyclHOPS, 600 S. Airport Road, Longmont, 303-776-BIKE. Boulder Weekly

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Groovalicious. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400. Happy Hour Live Jazz. 5:30 p.m. Tandoori Grill South, 619 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-5437339. Judge Roughneck, Highway 50. 8 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 720-297-6397. Let the Beat Speak. 10 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922.

Art as Medicine: Artists in Recovery. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Feb. 26.

Joan Jordan. Community Art Program Gallery, NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-497-1174. Through Feb. 3.

Bodacioussss. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver, 303-298-7554. Through Jan. 29.

Ladies and Gentlemen Meet the Dramastics — Nathan Carter. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver, 303-298-7554. Through Jan. 29.

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Lonesome Day. 6:30 p.m. Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder.

Olga Karpeisky. Community Art Program Gallery, NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-497-1174. Through Feb. 3. Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder, 1898-1950. CU Art Museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder, 303-492-8300. Through Feb. 4.

The Long Run “A Tribute to The Eagles.” 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. Many Mountains. 6 p.m. Very Nice Brewing Company, 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 112, Nederland, 303-258-3770. Paul Anthony, Elijah Moore, The Pool Boys. 9 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-997-4108.

Joan Jordan captures the essence of the seasons in her exhibit at NCAR, showing through Feb. 3.

Pete and the Incidentals. 6:30 p.m. Front Range Brewing, 400 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 1650, Lafayette, 303-339-0767. The Prairie Scholars. 7 p.m. SKEYE Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont, 303-774-7698. Robinson Quintet. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696.

400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374. Through May 31. Contemplative Landscapes — Suzanne Frazier. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Feb. 26. Glory of Venice. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000. Through Feb. 12.

Shockwave. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000. Through May 28.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000. Through April 2.

States of Men — George Strasburger. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Jan. 15. Words are Leaves — Kim Dickey. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver, 303-298-7554. Through Jan. 29.

Stig. 7 p.m. Owsley’s Golden Road, 1301 Broadway St., Boulder, 720-849-8458. The Sweentones. 8:30 p.m. The Roost, 526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380.

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Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Class For All Instruments. 3 p.m. Folk Art Revival Music School, Old Town, Lafayette, 319-601-6379.

Tom Weiser Jazz Quartet. 7 p.m. Caffe Sole, 637R S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303-499-2985. We’s Us. 10 p.m. The Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-3355. Whiskey Autumn. 10 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-328-8328. Events 21st Annual Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival. 7:30 a.m. Pioneer Elementary, 101 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 720-561-7800. Artful Sketching. 10:30 a.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-444-7328. Saturday Morning Groove. 10:30 a.m. Free Motion Dance Studio, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-379-8299. Sunday, January 15 Music Acoustic Jam. 3 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Bluegrass Pick. 12 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Boulder Weekly


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DJ Davi-D, Just B3, AUG, Symphonic and Opal-ite. 9 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-997-4108.

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MindArt: A Mindfulness Based Art Class (Ages 8-12). 3:30 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902.

Bourbon & Blues with The Dirty Shoes Band. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757.

Movement Mondays. 7 p.m. Free Motion Dance Studio, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-379-8299. Tuesday, January 17 Music Bluegrass Jam. 8 p.m. Oskar Blues Brewery, 1800 Pikes Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303-823-6685. DJ Knives and Bonkerz. 9 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-997-4108. Elizabeth Ghandour. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Jay Martin. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Los Cheesies. 6 p.m. Upslope Brewing Company (Flatiron Park), 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, 508-873-9185. Open Jam. 10 a.m. The Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-3355. Open Mic. 9 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733. Open Mic Hosted By Brian Rezac. 8 p.m. The Speakeasy, 301 Main St., Longmont, 720-684-4728. Open Mic with The Prairie Scholars. 6 p.m. SKEYE Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont, 303-774-7698. Shamwari Tamba. 6 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. Events Wheel Throwing (Ages 8-13). 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902. Wednesday, January 18 Music

Blues Night. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733.

Brett Dennen. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-443-8696. Brother Wild. 6:30 p.m. Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720-885-1234. The Coteries. 6:30 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064. KMG Studios Showcase. 9 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-997-4108. Michelle Roderick. 7 p.m. Rosalee’s Pizzeria, 461 Main St., Longmont, 303-485-5020. Open Mic. 6:30 p.m. Cannon Mine Coffee, 210 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303-665-0625. Strange Birds. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696. Von Disco. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. World Beat!The Music of Ireland, Zimbabwe, and Morocco. 2 p.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-444-7328. Events Acrylics: All About Color! (Ages 9-13). 5 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902. Continuing Wheel Throwing (Ages 9-plus). 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902. Realistic Drawing: Animals and People! (Ages 8-11). 3:30 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902. The Wonder of Winter Slide Program. 7 p.m. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville, 303-335-4849. Yoga for Kids. 4 p.m. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424.

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by Louise Bogan At the market today, I look for Piñata apples, their soft-blush-yellow. My husband brought them home last week, made me guess at the name of this new strain, held one in his hand like a gift and laughed as I tried all the names I knew: Gala, Fuji, Honey Crisp — watched his face for clues — what to call something new? It’s winter, only tawny hues and frozen ground, but that apple bride was sweet, and I want to bring it back to him, that new. When he cut it, the star inside held seeds of other stars, the way within a life are all the lives you might live, each unnamed, until you name it.

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American Life in Poetry: Column 613: A while back we published a column in which I talked about my delight in the many names of kinds of apples, and mentioned Louise Bogan’s marvelous mid-century poem “The Crossed Apple.” Here’s yet another fine applename poem for my collection, by Susan Rothbard, who lives in New Jersey. — Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate We do not accept unsolicited submissions. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright© 2012 bySusan Rothbard, “That New,” from The Cortland Review, (No. 58,2012). Poem reprinted by permission of Susan Rothbard and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2017 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

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screen Hey kids, I’m a computer

‘Hidden Figures’ has bad-ass thinkers by Ryan Syrek


ttention: Hollywood has accidentally made a mainstream movie that involves race without a substantial white savior character. Kevin Costner comes very, very close to engaging the trope when he goofily obliterates a “Colored Women’s Restroom” sign. But, by and large, Hidden Figures keeps the focus on the bold, brave, brilliant heroines at its core, even going so far as to have a nuanced rebuke of typically modern, naïve racism while Kristen Dunst washes pee off her hands. It’s not quite “putting a man on the moon,” if only because it seems easier to have put a man on the moon than to find popular culture that’s responsibly representative. Hidden Figures is the story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson ( Janelle Monáe), three women of color who were largely responsible in helping put an American in orbit. NASA named a goddamned computational research facility after Johnson, and yet her impact and that of her peers has gone wildly unnoticed. Director Theodore Melfi and screenwriter Allison Schroeder, working from Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, do a more than serviceable job remediating our collective ignorance. Johnson is a numbers wizard working as a computer, which is a thing we used to call human beings who computed things before computers were computers. Her boss, Al Harrison (Costner), is so laserfocused on beating the Russians in the 1960s space race that he doesn’t even recognize the guy from The Big Bang Theory ( Jim Parsons) is right there acting just like he does on The Big Bang Theory! Johnson crunches space algebra, Vaughn becomes selfHidden Figures — the true story of three trained on the first IBM computer, women of color who were fundamental to and Jackson desegregates a whole NASA putting an American in space — is a cliché-laden endeavor that thrives on its char- state’s education system so she can acters, worth watching as both a celebration become an engineer. Meanwhile, of brilliant black women and of intellectual pursuits as a whole. Dunst demonstrates a wide variety of accents, all at the same time. Hidden Figures is by no means a perfect movie. Henson thinks playing a smart woman means pushing glasses up from the bridge of her nose every 2-3 seconds. Little tension is ratcheted from a “life and death” situation in which we know that famous astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) is gonna be just fine. And the gamechanging question, “What about old math?” deserves every laugh its serious Costner-ian delivery demands. Yet, the movie holds together, wibbling and wobbling like a shuttle reentering the earth’s atmosphere, but filled with killer moments. Like when Dunst asserts that she has “nothing against” black people. Spencer’s response is powerfully relevant and applicable to most contemporary “casual” institutionalized racist behavior: “I’m sure you believe that.” Hell, watching talented men in the movie, Aldis Hodge and Mahershala Ali, relegated to the “doting astronaut’s wife” roles found in most space movies, is delicious in its own right. Hidden Figures is schmaltzy, cheesy, feel-good, rah-rah cliché. But it’s schmaltzy, cheesy, feel-good, rah-rah cliché that educates us by showing powerful, real women of color as the brilliant heroes they were. It glorifies intelligence at a time in America when we see the trait attacked on a daily basis. And it shows us that the STEM fields are not now, nor were they ever, a “boy’s only” or “white’s only” club. This review previously appeared in The Reader of Omaha, Nebraska.

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film Ten short films about morality Sie Film Center to screen the seminal ‘Dekalog’ by Michael J. Casey


amed Polish writer/director Krzysztof ON THE BILL: Dekalog. Kieslowski already had a handful of Jan. 14–19. Sie Film Center, feature films and documentaries under 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, his belt when his writing partner, 720-381-0813, Tickets start at $7. Krzysztof Piesiewicz, gave him the idea: “Someone should make a film about the Ten Commandments. You should do it.” Recounting this genesis years later, Kieslowski couldn’t help but express his reaction to such a suggestion: “A terrible idea, of course.” But some terrible ideas have a way of becoming magic and that is precisely what happened with Dekalog. Originally made for Polish TV in 1988, Dekalog is 10 onehour episodes set in and around a Warsaw apartment complex during the waning years of Communist oppression. Though Kieslowski and Piesciewicz used the Ten Commandments as guides, Dekalog is not a hard and fast work of religious fervor. Instead, they use the commandments as jumping off points to explore morality in a modern-day setting, questioning if these rules still hold relevancy. The beauty of Dekalog is that they do, but maybe not in a way you might expect. In “Dekalog: One” — Thou shalt have no other gods before me — a father and son Almost three decades later, Dekalog is still put too much stock in a computer poignant. program and pay an ungodly price. In “Dekalog: Five” — Thou shalt not kill — the state puts to death a young man who randomly kills a cab driver. The man’s crime is horrific, but is the state’s reaction any better? Kieslowski and Piesciewicz presented that question so viscerally and bluntly that it soured Polish stomachs to the death penalty. One year later, there was a moratorium placed on executions. Poland hasn’t practiced capital punishment since. While those particular episodes directly address specific commandments, the other ones do not. Many of the episodes look at the fracturing of multiple commandments, most revolving around one form of infidelity or another. But these morality tales are not stifling works of didacticism, they are emotional visualizations of people in crisis. They last the test of time because Kieslowski and Piesciewicz are light on dialogue, heavy on mood — a mood that is helped greatly by composer Zbigniew Preisner’s spare and powerful score. When Stanley Kubrick wrote the foreward to the published screenplays in 1991, he commended both writers for “the very rare ability to dramatize their ideas rather than just talking about them. By making their points through the dramatic action of the story they gain the added power of allowing the audience to discover what’s really going on rather than being told.” Kieslowski was always one to show, never tell. The incomparable director began his career under the oppression of a Communist regime, and as such, he had to find ways to say what he wanted without tipping off the government. Few did it better and Dekalog might be his masterpiece, one that could only be seen in the U.S. via a poor DVD transfer with muddled colors and fuzzy focus. Granted, the stories were intact and the acting was compelling, but something was missing — something cinematic. Thankfully, Janus Films has undertaken a full restoration of Kieslowski’s seminal series, and Front Range audiences can see Dekalog in all its glory on Sie’s big screen to boot. Episodes will be presented two a day starting on January 14. It might just be the best thing you see all year. Boulder Weekly

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he Parkway Cafe claims to be the bestkept secret in Boulder, but a packed parking lot on a Friday afternoon belies the statement. Maybe part of the secret lies in the location; tucked away in east Boulder’s collection of warehouse businesses, between auto body shops, tow yards and car dealerships, Parkway has been dishing up Mexicaninspired breakfast dishes and American staples since 1987. My editor has lived in Boulder for more than 20 years and had never been to Parkway, so there’s at least some truth to the cafe’s low profile. Diner settings are the best way to eat breakfast — booths bathed in bright light, cutlery wrapped in paper napkins, ketchup and jam in a caddy, big plastic cups of water served right as you take a seat. Parkway embraces the simplicity of the diner setting, waiters dressed comfortably in jeans and T-shirts, patrons dressed exactly the same. This is where you bring your parents when they come to town for a long visit. This is where you take your significant other after the first time they spend the night at your place. This is where you take the folks who help you make special memories, because this is the kind of place that inspires comfort and con-

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or roja sauce. This foundation is topped with melted cheese and accented by the smooth tanginess of Mexican crema (think sour cream, if you’re unfamiliar) and the salty chewiness of queso fresco (a feta-like cheese). Parkway keeps the dish vegetarian by excluding chicken, the most typical meat for chilaquiles, from the recipe. This base is not unlike a very moist version of nachos, with refried beans, over easy eggs (or fried hard, if you just can’t hang with the delight of runny yolk) and the cool, lightly spicy kick of pico de gallo as accompaniments. This is, quite frankly, the perfect hangover breakfast — fried carbs, savory sauce, cheese, beans and eggs. It’ll cure whatever ails you, from headache to heartache. Pair this Mexican classic with a cup of hot coffee (that perfect cup of diner coffee, strong, but not too strong, served in that quintessential white mug) or a glass of Mexican hot chocolate, and you’ll be sipping and nibbling your way to complete satisfaction. So, the secret’s out: Eat at Parkway. Added bonus: you can drop your Volvo off at Swedish motors or get your Prius windows tinted while you eat. Parkway Cafe. 4700 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-1833.

Parkway Cafe is Boulder’s best-kept non-secret versation... and a healthy appetite. For a group of hungry, gregarious journalists, Parkway was the perfect destination for a mid-day, end-of-the-week break, a place to regroup and refresh. While Parkway’s website is — and breakfast is certainly the name of their game — don’t shy away from their extensive list of sandwiches, entrees and burgers. This is, afterall, a diner. There are pancakes, omelettes and French toast, but most of Parkway’s “breakfast favorites” take a note from Mexican cuisine, some very traditional, some with an American slant: breakfast enchiladas and burritos, migas cuatro quesos, nopales con huevos, huevos rancheros, and, perhaps the table favorite, chilaquiles. Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish, based on fried corn tortillas simmered in either verde

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Jax chef Sheila Lucero thrives on a new playing field, juggling restaurants and sustainable species


heila Lucero did not grow up dreaming of being an executive chef. Her goal was not to oversee the food at five restaurants in two states. In fact, the Golden native’s only ambition while attending Lakewood High School was to score goals for the soccer team. We sat down to talk at the original Jax Fish House location on Pearl Street in Boulder. Lucero lives with her husband in downtown Denver near Coors Field, sort of centrally located for restaurants that she visits weekly.

Above: Sheila Lucero, executive chef of Jax Fish House, prepares a piece of fresh salmon. Below: fresh oysters served up daily at Jax Fish House, Boulder.

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Q: In a way, the Top Chef TV series opened doors for you even though you weren’t a competitor. A: I was the chef at Jax in Denver; there were only two locations then, and Hosea Rosenberg was the executive chef. (Rosenberg now owns Boulder’s Blackbelly Market.) After Hosea won Top Chef in 2008 he got so busy and I offered to help out in Boulder. After he decided it was best to move on, I became the executive chef. Q: There must have been times when you were the only woman in the kitchen. Have things changed, especially now that you are doing the hiring? A: The culture was starting to change when I began cooking, but you have to be thick-skinned and have a sense of humor. Now there are more women in the kitchen, but hiring someone because they are female never crosses my mind. Can they be a strong leader? Are they a good communicator? Can they cook? I have been part of some great kitchens.

It’s a real familial culture here. We treat each other as if we were guests. Q: Being executive chef with five restaurants must involve some travel? A: On Mondays I’m at the office. Tuesdays in Boulder. Wednesday in Glendale. Thursday in Fort Collins. On Friday and Saturday it depends. I’ll be going to Kansas City soon to help them out for their Restaurant Week. I also have to deal with five different health inspection departments with different rules. Q: Do you decide what is on the menus? A: Except for a few legacy items, we leave it to the chefs in each restaurant to come up with a menu. The best sellers are always the oysters. The miso black cod entrée and the tuna appetizer and entrée always sell. We’re also known for our calamari. Q: Your menus beg the same question everybody asked when Jax Fish House first opened years ago. A: People still ask me: “How do you get such fresh fish here every day?” I ask them: “How long does it take to fly from any of the coasts? Two or three hours?” We usually get it within 24 hours of being caught. We pay for it, but it gets here. Q: Overfishing, ocean pollution and climate change are all impacting fish and seafood globally. How do you deal with this issue at Jax and the other Big Red F restaurants? A: We work closely with the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list ( We’re really mindful about sourcing and go with what’s in season and what’s sustainable. We also use farmed fish from Colorado, including Alamosa bass.” Q: Since the day Jax opened it has been among the loudest restaurants I’ve ever experienced. Is the noise, uh, intentional? A: We throw a party very night. Q: What was the first thing you learned how to cook? A: Probably grilled cheese sandwiches. My sister and I also liked to cook breakfast on the weekends — pancakes and omelettes. I learned a lot from dad. He made great green chile sauce and enchiladas were a weekly thing. When I was young, we used to roast the chilies at see NIBBLES Page 48

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Time and the opening of many successful Italian-American eateries in the Boulder area have led to the closing of Louisville’s 98-year-old Blue Parrot Restaurant. A generation of Boulder Valley school kids grew up eating Blue Parrot Spaghetti Sauce, which is also available at local supermarkets. ... Roxie’s Tacos is open on The Hill at 1135 Broadway Suite 102, serving healthy, fast-casual, tortilla-wrapped Indian fillings including vegan chana masala, saag paneer and tikka chicken. The tacos come with organic vegetable slaw and housemade chutneys. ... The shortage of kitchen workers has grown so severe locally that restaurants are partnering with Emily Griffith

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Technical College to offer the Culinary Quick Start, a free four-week course to train entry-level line or prep cooks. Graduates will have jobs waiting. ... Plan ahead: The 35th annual Chocolate Lovers Fling to benefit Safehouse Alliance is Feb. 6 at Broomfield’s Omni Interlocken Hotel. ... Plan accordingly: National Pie Day is Jan. 23.

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analysis imaginary, and whoever has the best imagination enjoys the most pleasure.” So said 19th-century German novelist Theodor Fontane, and now I’m passing his observation on to you. Why? Because by my astrological estimates, you Pisceans will have exceptional imaginations in 2017 — more fertile, fervent and freedom-loving than ever before. Therefore, your capacity to drum up pleasure will also be at an all-time high. There is a catch, however. Your imagination, like everyone else’s, is sometimes prone to churning out superstitious fears. To take maximum advantage of its bliss-inducing potential, you will have to be firm about steering it in positive directions.


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JUNE 21-JULY 22: “I never wish to be easily defined,” wrote Cancerian author Franz Kafka. “I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.” Do you ever have that experience? I do. I’m a Crab like you, and I think it’s common among members of our tribe. For me, it feels liberating. It’s a way to escape people’s expectations of me and enjoy the independence of living in my fantasies. But I plan to do it a lot less in 2017, and I advise you to do the same. We should work hard at coming all the way down to earth. We will thrive by floating less and being better grounded; by being less fuzzy and more solid; by not being so inscrutable, but rather more knowable.


JULY 23-AUG. 22: Here’s my declaration: “I hereby for-

give, completely and permanently, all motorists who have ever irked me with their rude and bad driving. I also forgive, totally and forever, all tech support people who have insulted me, stonewalled me or given me wrong information as I sought help from them on the phone. I furthermore forgive, utterly and finally, all family members and dear friends who have hurt my feelings.” Now would be a fantastic time for you to do what I just did, Leo: Drop grudges, let go of unimportant outrage, and issue a blanket amnesty. Start with the easier stuff — the complaints against strangers and acquaintances — and work your way up to the allies you cherish.


AUG. 23-SEPT. 22: There are some authors who both

annoy me and intrigue me. Even though I feel allergic to the uncomfortable ideas they espouse, I’m also fascinated by their unique provocations. As I read their words, I’m half-irritated at their grating declarations, and yet greedy for more. I disagree with much of what they say, but feel grudgingly grateful for the novel perspectives they prod me to discover. (Nobel Prize-winner Elias Canetti is one such author.) In accordance with the current astrological rhythms, Virgo, I invite you to seek out similar influences — for your own good!


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tion — but the devices are unyielding (ideally) and the cock flesh is weak (even when hard). A dancer who grinds down on your partner’s crotch is likelier to hurt him. Dear LOCKS: “I think I speak for That said, lap dancers don’t like surmost dancers when I say I don’t care prises. If a dancer grinds down on your what’s going on underneath a custompartner’s crotch and feels something er’s pants,” says Bobbi Hill, © Rachel Robinson hard, clunky, and un-cocka lap dancer based in like in his pants, “she Portland, Oregon, strip might go into air-dance club capital of the United mode,” Hill says, “which is States. “Grazing over a stiff essentially a lap dance object in the crotch region where you make as little is not an uncommon expecontact with the customer’s rience when giving a lap crotch as possible. Of dance, and depending on course, you can never go the texture of the device, I wrong investing in a stripmight not even give it a per’s patience and wellsecond thought.” being — try handing her a While your concern for Benjamin as you explain your situation.” lap dancers is commendable, LOCKS, Just in case you’re not interested in the person most at risk of injury is your dancers who are hers, LOCKS, I ran partner. Nothing is more fun than your question by a male stripper. inducing an erection in someone who’s “I don’t think most dancers would locked in a male chastity device — a mind if a customer was wearing a male necessarily painful and punishing erec-

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mplementing legalization was like navigating an name of good government and to mimic, almost perunknown sea. When Amendment 64 passed in fectly, the unexplored waters of legalization into which 2012, Colorado voters essentially pushed their he set sail. state government into uncharted waters with the “There are a lot of people out there battling for world’s first regulatory structure for recreational legalization and there are a lot of people out there batmarijuana, medical marijuana and hemp. tling against it,” he says. “But there is a reality on the Not only was the trip forbidden by the federal ground, in five different states, and 28 states for medigovernment, but the water was choppy, the winds cal marijuana, that [legalization] is happening. I don’t constantly changing direction. Little was known about want to be a part of the divisive policy debate, I want how legalized marijuana would affect public health to be somebody who works to implement the best and safety. government structures to support this new reality.” In this spirit, he spent the last Churning underneath the Courtesy of Andrew Freedman three years establishing new ship were pro- and anti-marijuadepartments, writing their charna groups, the former working to ters and missions. He addressed open the ship’s sails in hopes of a an array of issues like banking, faster journey, the later trying to edibles, taxation, advertising, pesreel them in, if not to turn the ticides, data collection, analysis, ship around entirely. black and gray markets. He Amid all of this, at the helm worked with state departments of the ship, stood a young and and was the point man between unsuspecting captain, Andrew Colorado and the federal governFreedman, who was hired to the ment. All the while knowing his temporary position of Director work was transitory, his job temof Marijuana Coordination (aka porary. the Colorado pot Czar) by Gov. He compares the succession Hickenlooper in January 2014. of legalization infrastructures to He came to the wheel having software development: The prognever steered a ship, knowing ress made in version 1.0 exists so nothing about the deep waters of that it can be replaced by 2.0, 3.0 marijuana politics. and so on. The goal of each is to When he was first offered be better than the last, building the job by the Governor’s Chief on collected data. of Staff he contested, saying he As an example, Freedman wasn’t the right guy for the job. points to how Colorado’s govern“It really wasn’t something ment accessed and used data during the course of I’d thought about,” Freedman recalls. “I cared about legalization. At the beginning, there was little to no education reform. But that’s exactly what the Governor wanted — an agnostic who wasn’t in a posi- data available, so they relied on best practices instead of evidence to design and implement programs. tion to weigh in on the debates swirling around when Knowing it was crucial to future progress, or “verthere was work to be done.” sions,” Freedman prioritized data collection. As it was Looking back, it is precisely this lack of expertise collected and analyzed, he felt a lot of pressure, not that he credits with the success he found in his posionly from players within the government but from tion. It allowed him to lead without bias, to act in the

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pro- and anti-marijuana groups alike, to interpret the data quickly and make declarations about the effects of legalization. Freedman’s job was to resist jumping to conclusions and to ensure a culture of patience throughout the Colorado government. “Look at the interpretation of the youth-use data,” Freedman says. “We really made sure that our entire cabinet understood that we had not seen anything that was statistically significant, either up or down, by our own state survey or by the national survey. “But there was a lot of anti-legalization groups who were very angry with us because the national survey that came out a year ago showed a big uptick, but that still wasn’t statistically significant. Then, this year the same data came out and showed an even bigger decrease, which wasn’t statistically significant either. “Trying to remain a neutral arbiter of data when other people really want you to define it the way that they are looking at it, became crucial to our pursuit of good government. A lot of this is about being patient, with data, with progress, with passing of judgement.” Now, as the sun sets on his temporary position, Freedman looks back at the waters his ship has crossed to see it full of other boats, following in Colorado’s wake across the same sea of legalization. Even though much progress has been made, the waters are still tumultuous, especially as the gales of the new presidential administration begin to blow. Looking at the growing fleet, Freedman realizes he still has a role to play, if not within a state government, then between them. He says it will be better for everyone if states work together, share their successes and failures and combine their forces to lobby the federal government to ensure good government in the reality of legalization. So he will be stepping into private practice with his new firm, Freedman & Koski, to act as a consultant to states in the process of onboarding legalization. At the end of this fiscal year, Colorado’s Office of Marijuana Coordination will close permanently, and Freedman’s duties will be handed over to Senior Deputy Legal Counsel Mark Bolton.

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constitutional amendments require 60 percent approval to pass, and the initiative got only 57.6 percent. In 2016, a similar initiative was again on the Florida ballot. This time, with public support of the initiative polling north of 70 percent, Bondi announced that while she was personally opposed to legalizing medical marijuana, she would not be doing anything to oppose it, either in her official role as Attorney General or as a citizen. And apart from some perfunctory statements opposing the initiative, she didn’t. The latest initiative passed with 71.3 percent of the vote. In other words, Bondi is not so ideologically committed to keeping marijuana illegal that she won’t stand down in the face of overwhelming public opposition to her position. National polling currently puts support for legalizing marijuana at 60 percent (and support for medical marijuana off the charts), which suggests that Bondi is likely to show a decent respect for public opinion in making decisions regarding how

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hree of Trump’s cabinet picks are godawful as far as ending the war on marijuana is concerned, but two other potential presidential appointments are — like Mark Twain’s description of Wagner’s music — better than they sound. The god-awfuls include Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, Missouri Representative Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Sessions and Price have been two of the worst drug war dead-enders in Congress. Going by their past public statements, they’d try to bring back zero tolerance and “Just Say No.” Let’s hope they won’t get a lot of discretionary authority when it comes to pot. Price could set back efforts to change marijuana’s legal status to something beyond a Schedule I Controlled Substance. While the law gives the president the authority to make the change, it also says he’s supposed to make the decision on the strength of a determination by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. As for Pruitt, he’s the asshole who sued Colorado in federal court in an abortive attempt to get Amendment 64 invalidated. Trump’s reported pick for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, aka the Drug Czar, is Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. In this case the appointment might be better than it sounds. In 2014, Bondi devoted a lot of energy to trying to keep a medical marijuana initiative off Florida’s ballot. She failed, and Floridians voted on the initiative in the 2014 election. In Florida, state

much federal effort should be put into the federal war on marijuana. Compared to Sessions, Price and Pruitt, that would be progress. But one potential Trump appointee would be stellar as far as drug policy is concerned, and not just for his explicit support of marijuana legalization — Jim O’Neill as head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). O’Neill is a Libertarian. He not only favors marijuana legalization, he’s also called for a major change in the way prescription drugs are approved by the FDA. Currently, approval of prescription drugs can take as long as a decade, cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and involve at least three separate clinical trials that show that the drug is both safe and effective. O’Neill wants to change the approval process to allow the sale of a drug after it has been declared safe, leaving the question of whether it’s effective to be determined by real world experience. He argues this would slice years off the approval process and save billions of dollars. O’Neill concedes this would somewhat increase the risk to consumers, but also argues that every year thousands of people die while waiting for the FDA to approve drugs that might have saved them. While this approach might seem radical to nanny-statists, it has been used successfully in Japan for years. If implemented, it could give a boost to government acceptance of medical marijuana as well, since advocates would only have to show that it’s safe to get it approved. Considering that the government has spent 70 years trying — and failing — to prove that marijuana is dangerous, that shouldn’t be hard to do.


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A lot of evil people helped The Donald win the 2016 presidential election along with some not-so evil people too. Enter Jimmy Fallon. Fallon is known for his light comedy and overbearing praise of his guests. It’s not surprising. Talk show hosts are basically PR people who invite the latest cool celebs on to talk about their latest cool movie. But no matter your opinion of how overrated Jennifer Lawrence is, she doesn’t actively spew hate, nor has she ever run for a position to control America’s nuclear weapons. In case you solidified yourself in your Trumpfree fortress during the election, you may have missed Trump’s appearance on The Tonight Show back in September. For the people who could stomach the interview, Fallon was his usual goofy self, but perhaps maybe a little more goofy than usual. He tussled Trump’s hair, delivered some belly laughs and even prognosticated about the possibility of Trump winning the election — all without projectile vomiting! Now, fast forward a few months to the Golden Globes, where Fallon somehow landed the hosting gig. As is customary, in his opening monologue Fallon ribbed the president-elect saying, “This is the Golden Globes. One of the few places left in America that still honors the popular vote.” That was one of many Trump jokes, others included comparisons to King Joffrey and a Putin nod. Well Jimmy, we’re not laughing. Don’t poke fun at someone you willingly helped promote by refusing to chastise him on your show, instead looking at him with those puppy-dog eyes. But who knows? Maybe Fallon is hiding a “Make America Great” hat under that big desk of his. Tune in next week when Fallon plays Box of Lies with Bill Cosby.


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First of all, it is completely possible for people to change. We have seen many examples of folks who grew up in racist environments decades ago evolve into perfectly acceptable specimens of the human race. Unfortunately, we don’t think Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, is one of them. Forget all the things Democrats are saying about Sessions being a racist. Even though folks like civil rights legend John Lewis and Sen. Cory Booker do know a thing or two about discrimination. And so what if Coretta Scott King wrote a letter describing Sessions racist views and actions back in 1986 in her effort to keep the Alabama politician from being appointed as a federal judge by Ronald Reagan. To answer whether or not Sessions has changed his stripes over the years, let’s just look at his most recent actions and make a determination based on logic. First of all, let’s get this out of the way. The reason Trump offered Sessions the Attorney General job is simple: loyalty. Sessions was the first sitting Senator to endorse Trump for President. Trump places loyalty above all else and therefore is simply rewarding Sessions. The real question is, why did Sessions endorse Trump? At the time of his endorsement, Trump was under fire for his racist positions on Mexican immigrants, Muslims and Black Lives Matter activists, coupled with his support of the alt-right and refusal to even distance himself from the support of white supremacists. Add to it that no one in America was giving Trump any chance of winning a general election at the time Sessions hopped on the his wagon. So what logical explanation could there have been for Sessions endorsing Trump at the height of his critics calling him a racist and at a point when it was completely implausible that Trump would ever be in a position to offer Sessions a cabinet position to pay him back? Logic says that Sessions was clinging to Trump in order to send a message to his constituents back in Alabama, a message that says, “See, I’m still one of you good ole boys, wink, wink.” And that ladies and gentlemen means that Jeff Sessions is still a racist. A person who tolerates racism in order to gain something from it, is a racist regardless of their other actions. Boulder Weekly





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